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  Edgar, Jim
<-  2008-11-06  
NameJim Edgar
Peoria, Illinois , United States
Website [Link]
Born July 22, 1946 (74 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Nov 03, 2017 01:02am
Tags Married - Baptist - Straight -
InfoJim Edgar's career in government spans 30 years. He worked in the legislative branch of government for 10 years, which included his election to the Illinois House of Representatives. Governor Edgar served for 20 years in the executive branch of government including 10 years as Secretary of State and 8 years as Illinois' 38th Governor.

It has been said that Jim Edgar was the right governor at the right time for Illinois. Governor Edgar inherited a state teetering on bankruptcy and restored fiscal stability and integrity to the state by downsizing and restructuring state government. When he entered office in 1991, the state was $1 billion in debt. When he left office in 1999, the state had a $1.5 billion surplus.

In addition, Governor Edgar made children a priority. His historic efforts in establishing a minimum foundation level in our public schools has made it possible for children from all areas of the state to receive an adequate education.

Upon leaving office, the Chicago Tribune stated that Governor Edgar's "instincts and motives were as sound as those of any governor the state has had." Governor Edgar left the office with the highest approval rating in state history, which prompted a Chicago columnist to state that Governor Edgar's popularity in Illinois was "second only to Michael Jordan's."

Governor Edgar is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs, and lectures at other colleges and universities throughout the country. In the fall of 1999, the Governor was a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The Governor also serves on a variety of corporate and civic boards.



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Dec 10, 2008 03:00pm News Republican Jim Edgar regrets choice not to run in 2006 race  Article COSDem 
Oct 09, 2005 06:00pm Commentary Edgar displays his feelings, but not for schoolchildren  Article COSDem 
Oct 03, 2005 12:00pm Commentary IL GOP shouldn't pin any more hopes on Edgar  Article COSDem 
Sep 23, 2005 02:00pm Opinion The Edgar Watch Getting Close to Endgame  Article COSDem 
Sep 08, 2005 07:00pm Election Guide Odds are better Jim Edgar will run  Article COSDem 
Aug 26, 2005 01:20pm Opinion Game-playing by Edgar inhibits GOP from moving forward  Article COSDem 

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